In 100 iconic objects and artifacts, Charles M. Schulz explores and explains the life and times of the creator of Peanuts, America’s most beloved comic strip series.
Charles M. Schulz: The Life and Art of the Creator of Peanuts in 100 Objects explores the man behind one of America’s most iconic comic strips and its beloved cast of characters—Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang. Through 100 preserved and cataloged artifacts, delve into Charles M. Schulz’s Minnesota youth in 1920s America, Schulz’s WWII Army service, and Schulz’s path to fame through his post-war comic series Li’l Folks and five decades of Peanuts. From Schulz’s first published drawing featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to his 2001 Congressional Gold Medal, the 100 artifacts bring the details of the singular artist to life. Along with provocative, witty, and wise quotes, fan-favorite strips, and more, this book is a must-have for any Peanuts fan.
100 OBJECTS: Carefully curated artifacts from Charles M. Schulz’s home and studio—including medals and awards, family photos, rare comic art, and more—tell the story of this beloved artist’s life, career, and the times in which he lived.
EXPLORE AMERICANA: From his youth in 1920’s Minnesota through the turbulent 60s and beyond, Charles Schulz’s life spans the rich history of the American Century.
CLASSIC STRIPS: Includes timeless Peanuts comic strips featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts Gang.
FASCINATING FACTS: Fans of Peanuts will find never-before-seen items that give them an intimate look at the creation of the acclaimed comic strip series.
OFFICIAL ACCOUNT: Created in collaboration with the Charles M. Schulz estate, the book provides an exclusive look into the life of one of America’s most revered artists.
About the Author
Located in Santa Rosa, California, the Charles M. Schulz Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to giving depth to the funny pages through the preservation, display, and interpretation of the life and art of Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz. Visitors can laugh at Schulz’s original comic strips and view the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world, learn about the art of cartooning and Schulz’s role in its development, view a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio, watch animated Peanuts specials and documentaries in the theater, draw their own cartoons in the hands-on education room, and more.
Benjamin L. Clark is a writer and museum curator at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. Since 2003, he worked with museums in Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska, and California, and has served on several professional committees and associations in the industry.
Nat Gertler is an American writer known for his comic books and books about comics, including four on Charles Schulz's Peanuts. Gertler is the publisher of About Comics, and founded an annual cartoonists' challenge, 24 Hour Comics Day. He has been nominated for two Eisner Awards.